A forum on “Does the Body of Christ Have AIDS?” about HIV/AIDS awareness and the role of the church will be held at 7 p.m., May 30, at the Mills Building at Rollins College in Winter Park, Orlando, FL.
The forum is sponsored by Orlando Black Pride in partnership with the Center for Multicultural Wellness and Prevention, Rollins College and the Orange County Health Department.
The a panel discussion between local, state and national health officials, educators and religious leaders, will explore how the church can be a resource for providing HIV/AIDS awareness to help fight the stigma, fear, discrimination and homophobia about the disease and negative perceptions about HIV testing.
...According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, African-Americans are the racial/ethnic group most affected by HIV in the United States. In 2009, they comprised 14 percent of the population, but accounted for 44 percent of all new HIV infections. Lack of awareness about the disease in the African-American community and resistance to testing are part of the reason for those new infections.
Some activists and advocates believe black churches should play a role in preventing the spread of HIV.
In addition to educating African-American and Hispanic clergy about HIV/AIDS to reduce the stigma of the disease and dispel myths surrounding it, the event will provide HIV testing to participants.
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